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Wole Soyinka (1934) is a writer of global stature, the first African ever to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature. He was imprisoned in Nigeria for his opposition to dictatorship. “If the spirit of African democracy has a voice and a face, they belong to Wole Soyinka,” The New York Times wrote about him. More than a major figure in the world of literature, Wole Soyinka is a courageous voice for human rights, democracy, and freedom. At the age of 82, Soyinka is more active than ever. In conversation with MO*journalist Stefaan Anrys he speaks of his rich life and work, his commitment to democracy in Africa and the power of literature.